GCID Small Grants Fund

Mosaic of people and projects funded by the GCRF Small Grants Fund

To ensure the University of Glasgow is supporting the development of new and emerging partnerships in international development research, the GCID Small Grants Fund provides pump-priming and partnership development funding to support the co-development of external grant applications focussed on tackling low- and middle-income country (LMIC) challenges.

Please note that awards made through any internal funding calls are not eligible for inclusion in applications for promotion. In order to support the development of strong applications, we encourage all potential applicants to contact the International Development Research Manager Mary Ryan for advice on strengthening their proposals. 

2023-24 GCID Small Grants Fund

The call for proposals for the 2023-2024 GCID Small Grants Fund is now live. Applications must be sent to researchinitiatives@glasgow.ac.uk by 09:00 on March 31st, 2023. Funded projects will run from August 1st, 2023 - July 31st, 2024. We will fund two types of awards:

  • Pump-Priming Activities - Teams, wherever possible working across the remit of two or more research councils (applications involving PIs or Co-Is from the College of Arts are particularly welcome) and including new partners in ODA recipient countries, to collect pilot data or conduct scoping studies to support the development of large-scale research proposals addressing challenges relevant to one or more ODA recipient countries. Value: Up to £20,000.
  • Meetings and Exchanges - To support the development of new interdisciplinary partnerships and relationships through reciprocal visits with collaborators in ODA recipient countries to develop grant proposals addressing challenges relevant to one or more ODA recipient countries. This call will be particularly relevant for early career researchers who seek to develop research collaborations with LMIC country partners but have struggled to develop research proposals without existing relationships. Value: Up to £10,000.

Call Details and Documents

GCID Small Grants 2023 - Highlight Notice - This notice contains all of the details about the call, including eligible costs, key dates and the criteria. Please read it carefully.

GCID Small Grants 2023 - Application Form - All sections must be completed. Please note that Section 12 must be completed by your local Project Coordinator.

GCID Small Grants 2023 - Costing Template - All relevant sections must be completed and checked by your local Project Coordinator.

Thematic Areas

The Integrated Review 2021 and the UK Government’s Strategy for International Development published in 2022 highlighted several key areas of focus for UK investment. In this year's round of funding, we particularly welcome applications that address these thematic areas:

  • Climate Change and Biodiversity
  • Global Health, particularly One Health
  • Women and Girls in Education
  • Food Security

Applications that do not address these themes will be accepted, but applicants will be expected to provide strong cases with respect to the likelihood of follow-on funding opportunities.


A briefing on the call was held on January 25th via zoom. A recording of the briefing and the slides are available to UofG Staff and Students here: GCID Small Grants 2023 Briefing and Slides.

Sandpits and Networking

We are hosting sandpit events the week commencing January 30th in order to facilitate networking across some of the highlighted thematic areas. Events will include an opportunity for attendees to pitch their application idea (including what they have to offer potential collaborators and what they may be seeking from collaborators) and have informal networking time to explore new collaboration ideas with other participants. The details and links to register for these events are: